Saturday, July 23, 2005

The Costs Children Pay

An interesting article in USA Today on "The Costs Children Pay"

Last year, the number of premature babies — those delivered after spending less than 37 weeks in the womb — climbed to 480,000 and now accounts for nearly 8% of all births.....

Cohabitation is getting to be a habit with Americans. From 1960 through 2000, the number of unmarried couples living together increased tenfold. Today, about 8% of all households with couples are cohabitors....

The steady climb in the number of couples living together sans wedding rings is one reason the divorce rate has been falling. That sounds promising — until you realize that the divorce rate is falling only because there are fewer married couples around to split up...

Suddenly, the story becomes about the children. Years of research by sociologists have pinned down the need children have for stability. If home life is destabilized, a long list of child well-being indicators, such as school performance and behavior problems, tilts downward.
Some social trends are unstoppable. Even so, assuming there's no impact on children would be naive.

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